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Downtown Bend Library

Downtown Bend

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601 N.W. Wall Street
Bend, OR 97703

Phone: (541) 617-7050
Fax: (541) 617-7083

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The Downtown Bend Library was designed by Thomas Hacker and Associates of Portland, Oregon. The two-story, 38,855-square-foot library opened in 1998 and features exposed beams and high ceilings, complemented with eastward-facing windows, looking over Bend’s civic square.

The library’s large children’s area, located on the ground floor, includes an interactive Early Learning Space. You’ll also find a large community space, the Brooks Room, on the first floor that hosts story times for children as well as cultural programs for teens and adults. The second floor of the library houses teen and adult print and digital materials, as well as public computers, a meeting room, and reading and study spaces. Rotating art exhibitions reflect the talent of the local community. Free WiFi is available throughout the building.

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  • Apr 26 2019

    10:30 AM - Friday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. 3-5 yrs.

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these storytimes. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Plus there will be directions to follow, which will help prepare for kindergarten. 30 min.

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  • Apr 26 2019

    2:00 PM - Friday - Meyer Classroom

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.com

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  • Apr 27 2019

    1:00 PM - Saturday - Brooks Room

    Learn how the Soviets almost won the Space Race.

    Over the course of four years, from 1957 to 1961, the launches of Sputnik-1, the dog Laika, and astronaut Yuri Gagarin (respectively the first artificial satellite, the first animal in the Earth's orbit, and the first human in space) astounded the world and came to represent the crowning achievements of the Soviet space program. How did the Soviets get there? In this talk, Cassio de Oliveira will tell the story of how space exploration became a central concern of the Soviet regime. The narrative begins with the influence of rocket scientist (and science fiction author) Konstantin Tsiolkovsky on Soviet scientists since before World War II, and continues through the formation of the Soviet military complex after the war. We will find out more about the secret "Star City" of Baikonur in the Kazakh Steppe, and about Gagarin's transformation into a pop figure after his famous flight.Cassio de Oliveira is an Assistant Professor of Russian in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Portland State University, where he teaches courses on Russian language and culture and on 20th-century European history and culture. Cassio’s research interests include Soviet literature from the 1920s and 1930s, Russian film, and translation studies. He is currently working on a book manuscript entitled Writing Rogues: Collective and Individual Identity-Formation in the Soviet Picaresque, 1921-1938. A native of Brazil, Cassio earned his doctorate at Yale University and has an undergraduate degree from Bard College, in New York State, where he first started studying Russian. On his first semester there, he picked a seminar on Russian literature in translation on a whim. He enrolled in a Russian language course the next semester, and, before you could finish saying Zdravstvuite, he had made the decision to major in Russian.
    For more information, see https://works.bepress.com/cassio-deoliveira/. *ani*

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  • Apr 28 2019

    4:00 PM - Sunday - Bend High School

    "Rocket Men: The Daring Odyssey of Apollo 8 and the Astronauts Who Made Man's First Journey to the Moon" author reads at the final Novel Idea 2019 event.

    Tickets are free but required and are available starting April 6th at www.dplfoundation.org and at all branch libraries.

    Rocket Men shares the inside story of the dangerous Apollo 8 mission. In early 1968, the Apollo program was on shaky footing. President Kennedy’s end-of-decade deadline to put a man on the Moon was in jeopardy, and the Soviets were threatening to pull ahead in the space race. By August 1968, with its back against the wall, NASA decided to scrap its usual methodical approach and shoot for the heavens. With just four months to prepare, the agency would send the first humans in history to the Moon. In a year of historic violence and discord - the Tet offensive, the assassinations of MLK and RFK, the Chicago DNC riots - the Apollo 8 mission was the boldest test of what America could do. With a focus on astronauts Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, and their wives and children, Rocket Men is a vivid account of the epic danger involved, and the bravery it took to leave Earth for the first time. *ani*

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  • Apr 29 2019

    10:00 AM - Monday - Meyer Classroom

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.com

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  • Apr 29 2019

    10:00 AM - Monday - Brooks Room

    Join the Writer's Collective of Central Oregon and your fellow writers for quiet writing time.

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  • Apr 29 2019

    5:00 PM - Monday - Brooks Room

    ¡Celebraremos a todos los niños de diferentes culturas con manualidades, aperitivos y otras sorpresas!

    Celebrate children from different cultures through books, games, crafts, food, and other surprises!

    El día de los niños/El día de los libros, mejor conocido como Día, es una iniciativa que celebra a todos los niños de todas las culturas y los conecta al mundo de aprendizaje a través de libros, cuentos, y la biblioteca. Únase a nuestra celebración donde habrá juegos, manualidades, aperitivos, ¡y muchas otras sorpresas más! Toda la familia es bienvenida.

    Children's Day / Book Day, better known as Dia, is an initiative that celebrates children of all cultures and connects them to the world of learning through books, stories, and the library. Join our celebration where there will be games, crafts, snacks, and many other surprises! The whole family is welcome.*ls*

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  • Apr 30 2019

    10:15 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes. 18-36 mo.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes. Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others. 25 min.

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  • Apr 30 2019

    11:00 AM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes.
    18-36 mo.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes. Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others. 25 min.

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  • Apr 30 2019

    1:30 PM - Tuesday - Brooks Room

    Stories, songs, rhymes, crafts to develop early literacy skills. 3-5 yrs.

    Early literacy skills to get your child ready to learn to read are the focus of these storytimes. You and your child will hear great stories while also becoming more familiar with letter sounds, rhyming, vocabulary, and print. Plus there will be directions to follow, which will help prepare for kindergarten. 30 min.

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  • Apr 30 2019

    2:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom * Registration Required

    Learn how to present your data.

    Participants will learn how to take spreadsheet data and create and design graphs and charts that convey their information in an effective and appealing manner.

    This is a hands-on, interactive class. Participants should be comfortable using a mouse and internet browser. The library has laptops available or you can bring your own. Space is limited and registration is requested.

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  • Apr 30 2019

    5:30 PM - Tuesday - Meyer Classroom

    Receive confidential business planning with a SCORE mentor.

    Avoid time-consuming and costly mistakes by learning from someone who has "been there, done that." SCORE business counselors will be available from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. for free one-on-one small business counseling. Individuals who operate or wish to start small businesses can discuss business planning, organization and start-up, finance, marketing and other critical business issues with SCORE volunteers in private, confidential sessions. No appointment necessary.

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  • May 1 2019

    10:15 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    An active storytime with stories, songs & movement rhymes.
    18-36 mo.

    Toddlers like to move so this storytime features not only the best stories, but plenty of participation through songs and action rhymes. Your child will be introduced to letter sounds, vocabulary, and the fun of interacting with you and others. 25 min.

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  • May 1 2019

    11:30 AM - Wednesday - Brooks Room

    A gentle storytime for infant and caregiver. 0-18 mo.

    Babies need to hear stories, right from the beginning. You and your little one will join other families and hear very simple stories, songs and rhymes that will help to build a love of books and words. Only 15 minutes long, then stay and play!

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  • May 1 2019

    12:00 PM - Wednesday - Meyer Classroom

    Free 30-minute walk-in social service consultations to connect to housing, medical and mental health resources and more. For more information visit: www.thrivecentraloregon.com

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  • May 1 2019

    2:30 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Explore the science of spring. (April 3,10,24 and May 1)

    Plant, grow, press, build and so much more. Explore all things spring. ages 6-9 *Registration required

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  • May 1 2019

    5:15 PM - Wednesday - * Registration Required

    Free 30 minute consultations with local lawyers. Spanish interpreters are available the first Wednesday of the month.

    Advance registration for appointments opens at 10 a.m., 13 days prior to the date. Advance registration does not guarantee the time of appointment, which run every half hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

    All registrants must arrive by 5:15 p.m. to secure their spot and receive their appointment time. If you are not here by 5:15 p.m., your appointment will be forfeited.

    If any walk-in spots are available they will be awarded by lottery at 5:15 p.m.

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    Consultas gratis 30 minutos con un abogado. Un Interprete del Español estará disponible el primer Miércoles de cada mes.

    Registración por adelantado para una cita se abren 13 días antes de la fecha. Al registrarse sabrán la hora de su cita cuando.

    Hay citas disponibles el mismo día se darán por lotería a las 5:15 p.m.


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  • May 1 2019

    5:30 PM - Wednesday - Brooks Room * Registration Required

    Gather to explore the benefits, hopes, concerns and challenges of growth in Bend.

    Community Conversations invites you to bring your voice to the table for our facilitated conversation on our experiences with growth in Bend. Supper included.

    Bend is growing. With growth comes both challenge and benefit. From housing and traffic to cultural opportunities and a more diverse community, growth is a topic worth exploring. During the conversation we will explore the expectations and realities of our growing community. Our purpose will be to learn from the variety of perspectives we hold on this issue, while practicing listening to understand other points of view. Through sharing, listening, accepting our discomfort, and exploring together, we hope to build our wisdom and stronger community connections.

    Community Conversations believes that conversations matter. Every quarter Community Conversations hosts a supper event for community members of all backgrounds to share stories and discuss issues that matter. These events foster trust and the generation of ideas that break down the silos that are dividing communities across the country. When we talk, we feel more invested. And when we feel more invested, we're more likely to get involved. All of our supper conversations stem from a strong commitment to curiosity, compassion, and community.

    Learn more about the project at www.communityconversationsbend.org

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  • May 2 2019

    10:15 AM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Tiempo de cuentos interactivo con canciones, rimas y manualidades. Edades 0-5.


    Traiga a todos su pequeñitos a este tiempo de cuentos que ofrece libros para bebés, niños pequeños y preescolares. Todos aprenderán lo divertido que es el tiempo de cuentos con oportunidades para cantar, participar en rimas de movimiento y ser creativos con manualidades. Duración: 25 minutos.

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  • May 2 2019

    10:30 AM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom * Registration Required

    Get help updating your resumé and learn about local job resources.

    Are you looking for employment? Is your resume up-to-date? Would like to have an expert review your current resume and provide suggestions for changes? Learn how you can update your resume to get the job you want during this interactive workshop. Staff from Goodwill Job Connection and Deschutes Public Library will share information about career resources; give pointers about best practices for the job search and creating resumes; and work with individuals to review resumes and provide suggestions. Bring your flash drive and save your work. Class size is limited, so registration is recommended. Call 541-617-7080 to reserve your seat today!

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  • May 2 2019

    1:30 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    A gentle storytime for infant and caregiver. 0-18 mo.

    Babies need to hear stories, right from the beginning. You and your little one will join other families and hear very simple stories, songs and rhymes that will help to build a love of books and words. Only 15 minutes long! Then stay and play

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  • May 2 2019

    2:30 PM - Thursday - Meyer Classroom

    Practice computer skills! Problem-solve with staff! Find answers to your e-reader questions! Free and open to the public. Use a library computer or bring your own. No registration required.

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  • May 2 2019

    4:00 PM - Thursday - Brooks Room

    Celebrate 100 years of Children’s Book Week. Dress as a book character. Games!

    Dress as your favorite book character for games and a parade through the library!

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